Perfect pistou soup

Perfect pistou soup


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About this recipe: This soup is jam packed with vegetables and flavour. It's easy to make, filling, healthy and extremely tasty. It can be served for lunch or dinner, with a nice crusty roll.


Serves: 10 

  • 3 litres vegetable stock
  • 475ml water
  • 225g fresh fine green beans, rinsed, trimmed and snapped into bite-size pieces
  • 4 courgettes, cut into small cubes
  • 3 carrots, cut into bite size pieces
  • 4 potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch basil, leaves picked from stems
  • 10 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 125ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (410g) tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (410g) tin canellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 225g spaghetti, broken into 5cm pieces
  • 65g Gruyere cheese, grated
  • 40g Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, grated

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr30min 

  1. Bring the vegetable stock and water to the boil in a large saucepan. Stir in the fine green beans, courgettes, carrots and potatoes. Return to the boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 45 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pistou by processing the basil leaves, garlic, tomatoes, olive oil and salt together in a food processor until finely chopped; set aside.
  3. Stir the kidney beans, canellini beans, chopped tomatoes and spaghetti into the soup and return to a simmer. Cook until the spaghetti is tender, about 10 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the pistou. Sprinkle with Gruyere cheese and Parmigiano Reggiano to serve.

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